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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby franklin411 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:07 pm

Honestly, I appreciate the work the OP put in this, but I was holding my tongue on the "if you can't say something nice" mantra. I felt that if I posted, I would have to say something about how the OP made some really, really awful, and potentially fatal, decisions. To the OP, I'd say it's better to have a nice, dull, boring experience where you come back without permanent injuries. Tendons and ligaments from sprained muscles don't always heal correctly, and scar tissue has a nasty habit of forming at critical points in the arms and legs.



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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby chulavista » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:27 pm

What year did this happen?
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:33 pm

This was my first bonehead trip (in 1976) but it wasn't my last. One time on a day hike I wound up at dark at Grinnel Lake with a sleeping bag a insulated pad but no shelter. I was sick with a virus too. It started to snow and I kept wipeing off the snow. I was praying for it to stop snowing. My bag was a down bag. After a short time it stopped but shortly thereafter snowed again. I was truly afraid for my life - more than ever. Thank god it stopped at about 9:30. When I wanted to go BP I was really compulsive about it. One stupid thing I never did was swim out to a rock. Only once did I cross a creek that looked dangerous. Believe it or not it was Cliff Creek (Min King) on July 25 1996 I believe. It was the largest winter snowfall I ever remembered. One time (saint) Diane and I took a 15 day trip and hiked out with no food. We had breakfast.
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:40 pm

Pics of the 15 day trip
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:43 pm

Above Picket Lake
Below Kern Canyon
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:46 pm

Diane pointing at and from the back of Mount Whitney
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby rlown » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:05 pm

weird.. here it looks brown, but if I run a temp filter on it in photos on Win10, the sky is blue.. A nice update to your report though..
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby sparky » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:17 pm

Strange trips makes things interesting. I think new experience good or bad is drinking the essence of life. Of course there is a point of diminishing returns.....
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.

True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
-Chuang Tzu.
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:41 am

I went on several cross country trips solo but I at least didn't climb peaks or make dangerous creek crossings alone but I have to admit no one could have saved me at Cliff Creek. I told Mike that under no uncertain terms not to try to save me. I told him to hike down the creek and maybe (MAYBE!) help me. I was 53 and Mike was 14 and he was stronger crossing than I. He had lots of experience too.
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Re: REALLY strange trip - Part 1

Postby Cross Country » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:45 am

We hiked up the creek coming down from the lake under Eagle Scout Lake. It was REALLY to bad I didn't take a camera because the hike up the creek had some really excellent photo shoots. I doubt than anybody on HST has ever been up that creek.
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